From what I understand the Hungarian and Croatian words for “enjoy” are quite similar in idea, that is, they both literally mean, “to be in life.” Our boys, like all children, seem to have a special talent for being “in life.” They laugh, they cry, they run, they fall, they jump, and they play. They’ve been teaching me a couple things lately.
Break the Silence: Nathan (3) loves to randomly tell his mother, “Mommy, you’re so beautiful!” Everything stops for a moment, and we see that mom is really here with us…and she’s beautiful. It occurs to me that we can use many words but easily be silent in things that matter most. Breaking this silence ushers us back into life.
Willingness to Ask: Jacob (4) loves to get on the floor and wrestle with me. A time comes almost everyday when his eyes light up, and he asks, “Dad, can we wrestle now!?” I love it when he asks that question. I love that he is willing to ask for my time, energy and attention. There is vulnerability because the answer could be, “no,” but the chance to be “in life” with dad is worth the risk.